5 items from 2007
Abigail, who received a supporting actress Oscar nomination this year for her portrayal of Olive in Little Miss Sunshine, next appears in the feature film Definitely, Maybe, which co-stars Rachel Weisz and Ryan Reynolds. Other upcoming credits for the 11-year-old include Nim's Island, with Jodie Foster and Gerard Butler, and Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, in which she plays the title role opposite Stanley Tucci and Joan Cusack.
His credits include the title role in Harold as well as The Shaggy Dog, The Cat in the Hat and the second and third installments in The Santa Clause trilogy. The 15-year-old next appears in M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening, starring Mark Wahlberg, and is directing his first feature, a documentary detailing what he and his young peers experienced in the aftermath of Sept. 11.
Mark Wahlberg is so serious about convincing audiences as boxing legend Mickey 'Irish' Ward in upcoming movie The Fighter, he's already been in training for a year. Even though the film doesn't start shooting for another eight months, Wahlberg has been getting up at four o'clock every morning for the last 12 months to get in top physical condition for the part. The actor trains for hours each day despite the fact he's currently filming another movie, The Happening. He tells MTV, "It will be a year, on October 13, that I have been training. I have another six to eight months of training before we actually start shooting. We're running, we're watching fights... I've got a full ring set up at my house. (We're shooting The Happening) in Philadelphia now, so it's a bit of a Rocky thing. I am up at four in the morning. We go to the gym at five when it opens. I'm jumping rope, hitting the speed bag, the double-end bag, the mitts, and we're sparring a little bit." »
Breslin, known for his title role in The Kid and lead performances in The Cat in the Hat and the two Santa Clause sequels, will star as Harold, a prematurely balding student trying to adapt to a new high school. Gooding will portray a janitor who befriends the teased teen in the City Lights Pictures/M.E.G.A. Films production.
In 20th Century Fox's The Happening, Breslin appears with Mark Wahlberg, who plays a father trying to lead his family to safety when a natural disaster threatens to destroy the planet.
Breslin, the 15-year-old older brother of Little Miss Sunshine Oscar nominee Abigail Breslin, describes his role in Happening as "a typical teenage boy, a bit of a smartass." He claims he "hasn't been clued in" to other aspects of his role in the film, which he begins shooting in August in Philadelphia, including whether his character is part of Wahlberg's family. »
"Happening" revolves around a family on the run from an apocalyptic threat to humanity. Wahlberg will play Elliot Moore, the science teacher at the center of the event. Shyamalan wrote the original screenplay and will produce with Sam Mercer and Barry Mendel, producer of Shyamalan's "The Sixth Sense" and "Unbreakable".
Production is set to begin in August in Philadelphia.
With a budget of $57 million, "Happening" is being co-financed by Fox and India's UTV. Fox is distributing worldwide, except in India, where UTV will handle the release.
"Happening" will mark the first time Shyamalan -- whose most recent film, "Lady in the Water", was a bust for Warner Bros. Pictures -- will partner with Fox. His first four films, all successes of varying degrees, were made for the Walt Disney Co.
Fox, which hasn't released a thriller on this scale since 2004's "The Day After Tomorrow", is bullish on the release date. »
"The deal entails UTV and Fox equally sharing the $57 million budget and being equal partners in all revenue streams of the film, which starts shooting this August, slated for a 2008 summer tentpole release," UTV CEO Ronnie Screwvala said in an interview. "Worldwide distribution will be handled by Fox except India, which will be handled by UTV."
Screwvala said that negotiations with Shyamalan started a couple of months ago, "after we were introduced to him by his agency, CAA, with whom we have also dealt in the past on our other projects with Fox Searchlight. In fact, even before 20th Century Fox came on board for 'The Happening,' UTV had already confirmed its commitment to Shyamalan for the project."
Given Shyamalan's Indian origins -- he was born in the southern city of Pondicherry -- Screwvala said that Shyamalan "has always been keen on working with India." »
5 items from 2007
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